Rebranded from Docademia, promoting D&I since 2018, Storybolt is a marketplace platform that enables attitude-changing conversations around topics of Diversity and Inclusion, using the power of documentary storytelling. We know important diversity and inclusion conversations can be difficult. With Storybolt, we make them easy by enabling meaningful conversations around award-winning documentaries that tell real stories. While our short documentaries inform, inspire, and engage, the live Q&As with the filmmakers facilitate open and honest conversations around these challenging yet crucial issues, all happening on our platform!
Every day we thrive to make organizations more inclusive, one story at a time! We are a multidisciplinary team of social scientists, educators, engineers, and business strategists, passionate about technology, innovation, social impact, and storytelling.
Nassim Abdi has 12 years of academic teaching experience and was the leading actress in a Venice Film Festival award-winning film. Her vision for StoryBolt was shaped by the life-changing experience of the film as it engaged her in Q&A sessions and exposed her to the power of films and how candid human connections could change the perspectives of people.
As a serial entrepreneur, Babak cofounded three educational enterprises and one consulting company in the past 15 years. He believes in learning through entertainment, and this is reflected in the mission of Storybolt and his other entrepreneurial experiences. Now, his number one priority is to keep improving Storybolt to make it a truly delightful experience.
Monica is a SaaS and enterprise solutions professional with over a decade of experience building and scaling global organizations partnership and strategic alliances programs. She has successfully managed and launched partner programs, pricing and go-to-market strategies for various companies, ranging from small businesses to global enterprises.
Trained as a sociologist and engineer, Sahar draws upon her multidisciplinary background to facilitate creative problem-solving in complex settings. Having put on many hats, Sahar has experience in product design, project management, while having led a technology-venture. Sahar is passionate about the dialectical relationship at the intersection of society and technology.
Layla holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s degree in management. She is passionate about adult education and behavioural science. Given her passion, knowledge, and interests she is in-charge of service development at StoryBolt. She believes that shared experiences increases awareness, resilience, and empathy, which are the first steps toward inclusion.
Mehdi Saeidian is an accomplished data analyst and software developer with a demonstrated history of working in the Information Technology and Services Industry. He holds two global awards for his achievements in helping the company to streamline processes and run the business in a more effective and automated manner. Mehdi holds a master’s degree in computer science from Concordia University.
Urooj Shakeel is the project manager for Storybolt and Docademia’s third annual award ceremony. She earned her M.A. in Arts Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Urooj also manages social media as the Communications Fellow for the Field Foundation. She received her B.S. in Marketing and B.A. in Art History from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Rebecca Martin is the client relationship manager at StoryBolt. She meets with organization leaders and listen to them describe their work culture. Based on the needs of the organization, she helps connect them with the best content and interactive experiences.
Shortly after she obtained her certificate in Business Management, Sonia joined StoryBolt in 2018 as an intern. She is now the HR associate and office admin. Sonia graduated in Law. She has been a professional snowboarder and rock climber for more than ten years and is very passionate about empowering women through sport.
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